Sol-Angel and the Hadley St. Dreams

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The second disc from Beyoncé's 'lil sis, Solange, has a surprisingly fresh, retro-soul sound and features the Supremes-reminiscent single "I Decided."
All Music Guide - Andy Kellman
Solo Star, Solange's debut, lacked character. Not without a small clutch of memorable songs, much of it was nonetheless generic, containing little to separate it from the average R&B album fronted by an up-and-coming performer. Sol-Angel and the Hadley St. Dreams, released five years later, is an entirely different affair -- fun, silly, slightly eccentric and, most importantly, fearless. Steeping an album in classic Motown and other R&B sounds of the late '60s ...
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Barnes & Noble
The second disc from Beyoncé's 'lil sis, Solange, has a surprisingly fresh, retro-soul sound and features the Supremes-reminiscent single "I Decided."
All Music Guide - Andy Kellman
Solo Star, Solange's debut, lacked character. Not without a small clutch of memorable songs, much of it was nonetheless generic, containing little to separate it from the average R&B album fronted by an up-and-coming performer. Sol-Angel and the Hadley St. Dreams, released five years later, is an entirely different affair -- fun, silly, slightly eccentric and, most importantly, fearless. Steeping an album in classic Motown and other R&B sounds of the late '60s and early '70s may not be the wildest maneuver in 2008, but throughout Sol-Angel, there is a kind of frolicsome adventurousness that is singular and undeniable, even when Solange lets loose with the sourness and addresses her false public image. In spots, it sags, and a couple tracks seem more like sketches than neatly bundled songs, yet it's one of the year's more entertaining and easily enjoyable R&B releases, fronted by someone who does not take herself all that seriously, someone who is slightly more concerned with raw emotion and clowning around than technical prowess and polished product. Solange hasn't merely taken Stevie Wonder and Minnie Riperton's advice to "Take a little trip through your mind and explore it." She has inhabited the space, converting into a combination rumpus room/whimsically ornamented meadow/unmanned Hitsville U.S.A., where she can be herself, pull all the strings, and make her album, whether that entails paying tribute to What's Going On-era Marvin Gaye "Ode to Marvin", ringing Lamont Dozier the Mark Ronson-produced, Dap-Kings-sampling "6 O'Clock Blues", rewriting Martha & the Vandellas' "Heatwave" "I Decided", or collaborating with Cee-Lo and Soulshock & Karlin on a laser-laced shaker that is nothing if not clever "I'm a cool ol' Jane with a skip on my feet/I play as tough as nails with my heart on my sleeve/I'm nothing but a sandcastle/Don't blow me away". Most surprisingly, she uses Boards of Canada's typically downcast and alluring "Slow This Bird Down" as a platform for a cathartic kiss-off, the album's true finale, one of three songs not soaked in bouncing pop-soul: "I'm not in denial/I'm not suicidal/Not an alcoholic/I'm not out here ho'in'/So just shut...the fuck...up." Despite the mood and purpose, the song -- because of its invitingly insular nature -- is just as representative of the album as the ones that are dressed in handclaps and horns.
New York Times - Jon Caramanica
This is a peppy album, rich with thumping horns, crisp percussion and light piano melodies. As homage, it’s impressive.

This is a peppy album, rich with thumping horns, crisp percussion and light piano melodies. As homage, it’s impressive.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 8/26/2008
  • Label: Geffen Records
  • UPC: 602517810754
  • Catalog Number: 001178502

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Solange Primary Artist
Solange Knowles Indexed Contributor
Noel Langley Trumpet, Flugelhorn
J. Neil Sidwell Trombone
Simon Hale Conductor
Manny Patino Drums
Nia Track Performer
John Broussard Bass, Guitar
Bilal Guest Appearance
Jack Splash Track Performer
Technical Credits
Patrick Magee Engineer
Lamont Dozier Composer
Soulshock Arranger, Composer, Producer, Instrumentation
Solange Producer
Karlin Arranger, Producer, Instrumentation
Simon Hale Brass Arrangment
Thievery Corporation Producer
Max Gousse Producer
The Neptunes Producer
Andrew Coleman Engineer
Andres Bermudez Engineer
Michael Sandison Composer
Rosa Holliday Engineer
Mark Ronson Producer
Robert "LB" Dorsey Engineer
Rommel Nino Villanueva Engineer
Jack Splash Arranger, Composer, Producer
Bama Boyz Composer
Mister Familiar Producer
Greg Morgenstein Engineer
Gelly Kusuma Engineer
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    WATCH OUT BEYONCE...

    'cuz your little sister has made the ALBUM OF THE YEAR!!! Now, Solange could have made a grinding R&amp B album with all the requisite superproducers around... but she didn't. Instead, she decided to go retro. She makes the old sound new again and I am loving every note of it. I did not mean to love this album. When I previewed it, I just thought it would be another substandard younger sibling trying to make a grab for the spotlight. By the fifth song, I knew I was listening to a true talent. NOT ONE SONG is skippable... excellent from front to back. Congratulations, Solange, on an amazing work of art!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Loving It!

    I've never been a big fan of Solange but she has definitely won me over with this wonderful album! I can actually listen to it all the way through and that's a rare thing for me! She is on a whole new level...making all new music...and it's REAL music...I love it!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Loving It

    I love Solange knowles new album, it is fire. She really did a bangin job on this. It is so creative, I love the 60s 70s feel, she really out did her self and the music biz, She is so opposite of beyonce and I love that about her and I love beyonce but I adore solange and her looks, hairstyles, make-up, clothes, just her being different, she is all that. Keep it up solange and stay talented, ignore any negativity and always know God has blessed you and your family.

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